Visiting 22 puja locations in four hours is also a daunting task for the most enthusiastic and enthusiastic Pandal hopper. Now imagine someone doing the same thing at 65. We are talking about Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Road Union. Speaking on NDTV-Dettol Banega Swasth India’s 12-hour TV programme “Lakshya – Sampoorn Swasthya Ka”, the union minister stressed the importance of personal health. He shares details of his personal wellness journey and talks about the importance of waste management.
“I visited 22 puja sites yesterday from 8pm to 12 midnight. Earlier, I used to feel exhausted, but last night, there was no fatigue or exhaustion,” Mr Gadkari said, adding that he A daily pranayama and exercise regimen makes it possible.
He detailed his fitness journey, adding: “I contracted Covid-19 twice. At that stage, my doctor directed me to do some exercise, and since then I have been breathing for an hour a day and then Doing exercise every day. It makes a huge difference for me. It helps boost my immunity and boost my energy levels.”
He says exercise has brought positive changes to his life, and he recommends that others do some exercise every day. “My doctor suggested certain exercises. Once I started doing them, it was helpful for other people who knew me to follow along. Videos of these exercises are easy to find on YouTube,” he said.
“Small changes in life can sometimes lead to big changes. Your first priority should always be your health. Your second priority should be honestly managing your wealth. This is what I do to my children and me Advice from all friends,” the minister added.
Responding to a query from actor Amitabh Bachhan, a brand ambassador for the NDTV-Dettol Banega Swasth India initiative, on how he managed to lose weight, Mr Gadkari stressed the importance of organic farming and organic vegetable consumption. “From 135kg, I’m down to 90kg now,” he said, adding that earlier, even a 40-minute speech would have worn him down and he’d be sweating profusely. “Now, even if I talk non-stop for three hours, I don’t feel any fatigue,” he said.
One area where he said he still needed to get some work done was making sure he had dinner done by seven or eight. Mr Gadkari said: “I work a lot in the evenings, which prevents me from having dinner on time. So, this is one area where I still need to catch up.” However, he said he always made sure to eat breakfast and lunch on time, which This in turn helps rule out the need for any medication.
When NDTV’s Prannoy Roy asked him about the importance of ensuring zero waste, Mr Gadkari’s department had been very successful over the years, with the federal minister highlighting the importance of green hydrogen, solar energy and waste separation. He said: “One A car can travel more than 450 kilometers on just one kilogram of green hydrogen. With gasoline, diesel and other fossil fuels responsible for 40% of the country’s overall air pollution, finding greener, cleaner energy sources is absolutely critical. Alternatives.”
He told Mr Roy: “I want to get this message across to everyone involved through you to find more ways to turn waste into wealth.”
He invited Mr. Roy and Mr. Bachhan to see a hydrogen-powered car he owned in Delhi.
When NDTV’s Sanket Upadhyay asked the minister if the six-airbag rule needed to be mandatory in passenger cars in India, Mr Gadkari, while praising NDTV’s initiatives to raise health awareness, said similar actions should be taken to promote road safety. “While India leads the world in road fatalities, 60 per cent of those killed were between the ages of 18-34. It is very distressing and unfortunate indeed,” Mr Gadkari said.